The Hierophant

Hierophant tarot card

The Hierophant is the ruling power of external religion.

It is representative of the need to be accepted by society, of conforming to the norms presented all around us. Sometimes this card is representative of feeling like an outcast, judged by society and sometimes this is the card that represents one’s own desires to be a part of the religious world. The Hierophant expresses that life is your teacher, providing you with lessons to learn for growth opportunities and the understanding that conflicting issues exist for the purpose of bringing new growth into your life. When you start to feel pressed down by the ‘shoulds’ in life, remember to listen to that higher source energy, or teacher that will show you the way. The Hierophant provides you a way to gather conscious thoughts into your minds that are fed into the subconscious which assimilates and then provides you flashes of intuition. This intuition is the kind that actually stretches forth from our human desire to participate in religious beliefs, which require that overarching hierarchy.

Making a wish for another person puts divine power into action. This is why prayer is so important in most religions. The act of being compassionate, of giving over your faith to a higher power to help those we love or those we don’t know provides a reverence and humbleness that is important to improve one’s character. The Hierophant’s message is for you to take your concern to God and to pray, and to allow the stillness and peace of your prayers to bring calmness to your heart and intuition to your mind. The triple cross designs on the robes of the Hierophant represent spiritual respiration. The love of nature, love of God and the love of one’s neighbors are a part of the hierarchies housed within higher source energy. Reflecting on new interests, decisions, excitement and provide a development of self. Share wisdom with others – you are a teacher.

The Hierophant in Love

The Hierophant teaches a different kind of love in reference to relationships. This is a reverent love, almost sacred. That of doing “unto others what you would have them do unto you.” This is the love of charity, of helping your fellow man. If you have received this card for a love reading then there is something that you need to learn from giving up some of your time and energy to a charity. This could also apply to friend relationships that are close enough in spirituality that you would almost call them your sister or brother. This card will usually come up when it is time for you to focus on helping one another. There is a lack of a sense of self and an emphasis on charity. When you give of yourself in this way you are creating a cycle of love that is going to be gifted back to you, because what you say is true to the Universe is true. And if you love enough to give love, then you will receive more in return.

Hierophant As Relationship Outcome

To get this card for a "love outcome" can indicate that things are supposed to be the way they are. It can mean that nothing seems to happen. It can mean that he or she sees you as the type of “marriage” person or that the other partner is married. 

Hierophant As Feelings

If you asked about someone’s feelings the Hierophant tarot card can mean that they are "deep" and "traditional feelings" of love. It can mean that the other partner wants you to follow the rules of love and possibly they have conservative beliefs. This means there will be a traditional approach to a relationship and it can mean that they think you are the “one.” It can also mean that this person is thinking that the other is more than just a fun time!

Hierophant For Advice

Generally, this card for advice means that tradition and blessings will be yours. There is a focus on being taught and teaching. What do you need to learn? There is also personal power and the need to figure things out yourself. There is also a focus on marriage and meeting people. In advice position for love, the hierophant means that you need to stick to tradition and high standards. Be ladylike is your advice or a gentleman.

Try to be old fashioned, do the honorable thing like you would with traditional dating. This card is also connected to finding someone you can have a laugh with and stimulate each other and develop a spiritual connection. It can signify a man that is traditional and has a slow pace at getting things done. 

Hierophant in Health

Emotional issues come into the spread when the Hierophant is present. Many who experience some level of religious or spiritual restriction in one way or another are suffering some kind of energy block within their body. Consider the help that can come from giving of your time, experiencing the perspective of understanding that there are others in this world that have it worse than you do so that you can be grateful for what you do have. This will greatly improve your health. Often the Hierophant is a card about seeking help as well. Usually, this card will come up when dealing with intense emotion and can signify the need for counseling or guidance. If you are going through an exceptionally difficult time in your life it is okay to ask others around you for assistance or find ways to learn new coping skills so that you can grow and move forward.

The Hierophant in Work and Wealth

In careers, the Hierophant indicates a mentor or someone that is able to provide “inside” information in a company. This card can imply that you are networking or that you will soon meet someone that can guide you through the tradition of a company. As an outcome position, the Hierophant indicates a position of authority in an organization will help you. In some cases, this card could represent a company as a whole but more likely a particular male in a father, priest or mentor capacity. The Hierophant in a business venture states clearly that your focus needs to be on spiritual endeavors instead of monetary ones. If you find that work and the acquisition of wealth are not working out the way that you would prefer, then the Hierophant says to take a break out of your normal routine and examine what necessities you have and need, and which are luxuries that are actually weighing you down. Consider giving up something of yours to help someone else, or just get rid of negative emotions around work - to lighten your personal load. But, overall I will say that this card is all about being guided by a male figure.

In finances, the card indicates the need for guidance in a similar way as with health. Often it is a note that you need to contact some sort of financial advisor. In readings, it can indicate debt reduction skills are needed or even issues concerning the court systems. It is less about paying solicitor fees and more about having to give money to government or charity. As a note: The Hierophant card can indicate tax issues as well as a contract of employment.

The Hierophant in business

In business, readings can imply that if you have a trade or business this indicates that traditional techniques will win over clients. The Hierophant is a “mentor” he is traditional and old school. In business, this could represent you. Skilled in your trade and across the next few years you will learn to allot. The Hierophant is a father/minister or a work mentor. This card is also about rules and obeying them. Maybe you have broken the rules in business in the past and this is saying that you need to act more in line with tradition. As he holds the key, this implies that “tradition” will enable success. Additionally, he is quite rigid in his approach and can come across as being pragmatic. Additionally, in the readings I have carried out for people in business - I see this card as “big business” it normally represents a corporation. This card can mean that you may achieve great things.

The Hierophant Tarot Card Reversed


Reversed Meaning - The Hierophant

When the Hierophant appears in a reading in the reversed position, you will have exactly the opposite experience. Instead of feeling compelled to follow a religious and spiritual order that is structured, you will feel more open or carefree. You will not feel weighted down by your earthly possessions because they do not own you. One caution to be aware of for the Hierophant reversed position is that you do not become overly superstitious, so much that it gets in the way of leading a happy and healthy life. The Hierophant in the reversed position can also signify being out of balance. Be careful of manic or overspending episodes, being too blunt or honest, or extending your opinion in areas where it is not wanted.

By Flo Saul
Jul 9, 2012